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1rook

noun \ˈrk\

Definition of ROOK

:  a common Old World gregarious crow (Corvus frugilegus) that nests and roosts in usually treetop colonies
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Origin of ROOK

Middle English, from Old English hrōc; akin to Old High German hruoch rook
First Known Use: before 12th century

2rook

verb

Definition of ROOK

transitive verb
:  to defraud by cheating or swindling

Examples of ROOK

  1. <once you learn to recognize these swindler's tricks, no one will be able to use them to rook you>

First Known Use of ROOK

circa 1590

3rook

noun

Definition of ROOK

:  either of two pieces of each color in a set of chessmen having the power to move along the ranks or files across any number of unoccupied squares —called also castle

Origin of ROOK

Middle English rok, from Anglo-French roc, from Arabic rukhkh, from Persian rukh
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Game Terms

bezique, carom, convention, crap, euchre, gambit, monte, parlay, tierce

4rook

noun

Definition of ROOK

:  rookie

First Known Use of ROOK

1905
ROOK Defined for Kids

1rook

noun \ˈrk\

Definition of ROOK for Kids

:  a crow of Europe and Asia that nests and sleeps in groups usually in the tops of trees

2rook

verb
rookedrook·ing

Definition of ROOK for Kids

:  1cheat 2, swindle <Don't shop there. They rooked me.>

3rook

noun

Definition of ROOK for Kids

:  one of the pieces in the game of chess

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